The 5 best art book stores in New York

1) Metropolitan Museum of Art Bookstore

After you’ve perused all the wondrous art at the museum, there’s a craving to bring a piece of that experience home. Prints, posters, jewelry, note cards, all await you, amongst the incomparable collection of art books on the scene. It’s the spot where you can purchase one of their own published works, to remind you of the exhibit you saw – or a past exhibit – for years to come.

Books from the MET store

1000 Fifth Avenue (at E 82nd Street)

+1 212 535 7710

2) Mast Books

Independently-owned and one of New York’s no-nonsense art book stores, Mast Books has a wonderful selection of out-of-print and secondhand books, periodicals, and rare editions. You’ll find a great selection on fine art, photography, design, fashion and cinema, along with some literary fiction and poetry. They buy and sell, carry artists’ catalogues, and new editions too.

books displayed at Mast Books

72 Avenue A (at E 5th Street)

+1 646 370 1114

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3) Ursus

You could get lost in this sanctum of art books, intriguing to collectors and beginning art lovers alike. Ursus is an institution with an unmatched collection of art books from ve centuries, including the most rare illustrated books, catalogues and prints. Check the website to see the breadth and depth of their inventory.

books at Ursus NY

50 East 78th Street (between Park and Madison Avenue)

+1 212 772 8787

4) 192 Books

Operated by the Paula Cooper Gallery, known for its minimalist and conceptual art support, this store carries a well-curated selection of books on art and photography as well as literary fiction, history, and biography. They host readings, events and signing sessions, plus a weekly story hour for children on Wednesdays at 11 am.

street view of 192 books

192 Tenth Avenue (at W 21st Street)

+1 212 255 4022

5) Printed Matter

Founded by Sol LeWitt and several other artists, this nonprofit bookstore specializes in serious and political artists’ books, zines, posters, and prints, including an extensive selection of out-of- print material. Their goal is to preserve and provide insight into publications made and distributed by artists. Ongoing events include zine releases, exhibitions, and book announcements.

books and zines at Printed Matter

231 Eleventh Avenue (at W 26th Street)

+1 212 925 0325

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